Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Victoria Flynn!
Victoria Flynn is a married mother to two daughters. She loves to travel and try new things and experiences, and spending time with friends and family. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose buried in a good book or outside enjoying the unpredictable Michigan weather.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, I just got really lucky. I have a BS in Biology and Psychology. [Cool majors!]
Why did you choose to write your genre?
It’s the genre I read the most. There were some subjects I found interesting and I hadn’t seen before so, i decided to explore those.
Currently, what are you working on?
I’m working on A Soul’s Salvation (Book 3 in the Voodoo Revival Series, and I have a few other projects in the works).
Let’s talk about your latest book for a moment. What motivated the plot?
Back in 2013, my husband took me to New Orleans. I’d been interested for a while and there was so much culture and folklore, legends and energy there that I knew I had to tap into that. It took another 3 years, but that’s where my first book came from.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?
I’m super awkward about writing intimate scenes, but otherwise, probably how to make voodoo potions with natural herbs and plants.
What was the hardest story for you to write?
A Soul’s Surrender, my second book, was by far the hardest. While writing it, i felt like i was just playing connect the dots between what would happen in book 3 and the first book. It was hard to bring it to life as opposed to an entire book of explanations and small steps in the story.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?
Sure they do. Maya’s very logical and science based in her thought processes and that’s me all the way. Each character has little bits and pieces of me in them though, after all, I created them.
Who has been your favorite character? Why?
Probably the Baron Samedi. There’s so many layers and levels of complexity to him that i just love getting little glimpses of.
What process do you use to plan your novels?
I have characters in my head and they’re mostly nameless. Major plot points come together and I just build from there. I might jump around a bit while writing and connect what I’ve previously written to something later. Mostly, i just sit down and start writing and let it go where it wants to. I research a lot along the way too.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Oh yes! I try listening to music that would fit the scene or I take a break and Netflix binge before coming back to my own work.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?
Historical fiction. The British monarchy has fascinated me since I was very young. My grandmother and myself bonded over our shared enjoyment. Like the War of the Roses, there’s so much there to be explored.
Which authors inspire you?
Becca Vincenza, Stacey Rourke, Diana Gabaldon, TS Joyce, Melissa Haag… There are a lot. I read as much as I can. These people juggle writing with families and other jobs, and I’m in awe of all of them.
What novel would you read multiple times?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has been read about a dozen times. Hexed Hearts by Becca Vincenza and Depravity by MJ Haag. I can’t get enough of them.
What is your favorite quote?
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
Wolves and bears , then dragons and gargoyles.
What is your favorite color?
Purple and teal are tied for all time favorite.
When you’re not writing…I am a receptionist to pay the bills.
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Thank you for hanging out with me today. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Join me next week when author Michaela Mills will be stopping by!